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This week we are continuing our series in the book of Acts!
Last Sunday, we saw Stephen's speech.
This week, we're excited to continue our series in Acts! Our sermon text is Acts 7:54-8:8.
54 Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. 55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. 58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Acts 8:1 And Saul approved of his execution.
And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. 3 But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.
Acts 8:4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. 5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. 6 And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was much joy in that city.
1. Read Daniel 7:13-14. Why were the men so upset at what Stephen was saying?
2. What does this rejection teach us about what to expect when sharing the gospel?
3. How should we measure success in sharing the gospel? By how it is received, or by our faithfulness as witnesses?
4. How does Stephen's death mimic Christ's death? (see Luke 23:34, 46). What is the lesson for any who would follow Jesus?
5. How is the "great persecution" and "scattering" actually a positive thing for the spread of the church? (8:4)
6. What does this passage teach us about our mission as the church?